With the right permissions, a building situated at the end of your garden can be used to run a business. For instance, this recent project by Wales-based Brookwell Garden Rooms has been designed for use as a day creche.
While a garden office used by one person for clerical work could be built under the Permitted Development rules, a business such as a day creche where you have members of the public regularly visiting the building would require full planning approval would be needed before the building is built.
The Planning Portal has a page that explains the planning permission position concerning running a business from home.
Garden room designers will typically handle any planning application for you as part of the overall project. If they don't offer this service, they should provide you with the drawings and details you need to make the application yourself. Alternatively, you could use a planning expert such as Annexe Planning who are having success with modular buildings such as a garden room.
An ideal solution for a day creche
A garden room such as this is ideal for running a day creche. The building can be designed specifically around the needs of the business - not many other types of business premises can claim this without a lot of alterations.
The indoor-outdoor nature of a garden room lends itself to creating an inspiring space for young children where they can play and learn both inside and outside the building.
Standard designed customised for the client
Brookwell Garden Rooms client decided that their Canopy Range was ideal for their creche. The Canopy Range is one of Brookwell Garden Rooms three standard designs. In reality, these ranges are just the starting point for a project. The Brookwell team will work with you to customise the layout and features to your needs.
At 30sqm this is a sizeable building. The customer chose to focus the glazing to one corner. It is comprising of a wide pair of French doors with fixed sidelight windows on either side. A further full height fixed window has been fitted on the side wall, positioned to create a corner of glazing.
The customer also opted for a door to be fitted at the rear of the building. We can imagine this is for easy access for parents dropping their children off, without having to come into the garden.
The dark grey door frames and roof fascias look great against the richness of Cedar cladding.
As the name suggests, a key feature of the Canopy Range is the flyover roofline that runs along the front of the building. The canopy is 1m deep and runs the width of the building. We like how the canopy has been clad in dark grey rather than Cedar we more commonly see in garden room design.
Recessed downlights have been fitted in the canopy. They will cast a curtain of light down the front of the buildings.
W.C. slots into one corner
A w.c. has been incorporated into the building, making it self contained from the main house. This has been positioned in one corner and doesn't steal much space from the main room.
The building has a fully plastered and decorated interior. These photos were taken as the plaster skim was drying. It will have then been painted, resulting in a bright modern room.
The project was completed in 15 working days by the Brookwell Garden Rooms team.